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i

noun, often capitalized, often attributive \ ˈī \

Definition of i

plural i's or is play \ˈīz\
1 a :the 9th letter of the English alphabet
b :a graphic representation of this letter
c :a speech counterpart of orthographic i
2 :one — see Table of Numbers
3 :a graphic device for reproducing the letter i
4 :one designated i especially as the ninth in order or class
5 :something shaped like the letter I
6 :a unit vector parallel to the x-axis
7
[abbreviation for incomplete]
a :a grade rating a student's work as incomplete
b :one graded or rated with an I

Examples of i in a Sentence

  1. The word “ice” begins with an i.

  2. The word “ice” begins with i.

First Known Use of i

before 12th century


2

i

abbreviation

Definition of i

1 industrial
2 initial
3 intelligence
4 intensity
5 interlaced
6 intransitive
7 island; isle

3

i

symbol

Definition of i

imaginary unit

1

I

pronoun \ ˈī , ə \

Definition of I

:the one who is speaking or writing
  • I feel fine
— compare me, mine, my, we

me or i?

Me is used in many constructions where strict grammarians prescribe I. This usage is not so much ungrammatical as indicative of the shrinking range of the nominative form: me began to replace I sometime around the 16th century largely because of the pressure of word order. I is now chiefly used as the subject of an immediately following verb. Me occurs in every other position: absolutely
    • who, me?
, emphatically
    • me too
, and after prepositions, conjunctions, and verbs, including be.
    • come with me
    • you're as big as me
    • it's me
Almost all usage books recognize the legitimacy of me in these positions, especially in speech; some recommend I in formal and especially written contexts after be and after as and than when the first term of the comparison is the subject of a verb.


Origin and Etymology of i

Middle English, from Old English ic; akin to Old High German ih I, Latin ego, Greek egō

Other Alphabet Terms


2

I

noun \ ˈī \

Definition of I

plural I's or Is play \ˈīz\
:someone aware of possessing a personal individuality :self

First Known Use of i

1539


3

I

abbreviation

Definition of I

1 electric current
2 Indian
3 interstate
4 Israeli

4

I

symbol

Definition of I

iodine

-i-

Definition of -i-

used as a connective vowel to join word elements especially of Latin origin
  • matrilineal
  • raticide

Origin and Etymology of -i-

Latin, thematic vowel of most nouns and adjectives in combination


I Defined for English Language Learners

i

noun

Definition of i for English Language Learners

  • : the ninth letter of the English alphabet

  • : the number one in Roman numerals


I

pronoun

Definition of I for English Language Learners

  • : the person who is speaking or writing


I Defined for Kids

i

noun, often capitalized \ ˈī \

Definition of i for Students

plural i's or is \ˈīz\
1 :the ninth letter of the English alphabet
2 :the number one in Roman numerals

I

pronoun \ ˈī , ə \

Definition of I for Students

:the person speaking or writing
  • I am here.

Headscratcher for i

English is the only language in which its first person pronoun I is capitalized. I is also the most frequently spoken word in English.


Medical Dictionary

i

abbreviation

medical Definition of i

1 incisor
2 optically inactive

I

symbol

medical Definition of I

iodine


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